From Left to right: Kendra Sparks, Matthew Eames, Mike Stumbras, Staci Debolt

From Left to right: Kendra Sparks, Matthew Eames, Mike Stumbras, Staci Debolt

12-month Residency Program

The primary goal of the Carbondale Clay Center's Residency Program is to provide emerging ceramic artists time and space to develop a body of work that will take them to the next level in their careers while gaining important technical skills and teaching experience. The focus is on creative development and defining one’s artistic voice and individual statement.

There are three residency programs that run for a 12-month period of time (September 1–August 31). A residents will have opportunity to apply for a second year based on their first year of participation. Residents will share a semi-private studio space and 24/7 access to the Carbondale Clay Center. Residents can expect to be mentored by experienced, talented ceramic artists who are part of the vibrant Carbondale Arts community. Please download and read a copy of the Resident Artist Handbook prior to applying for this residency. It will give you a greater understanding of the experience, expectations and requirements of a CCC artist resident.


Application for Residency

Application Deadline(not postmarked):  April 7, 2017
Applicants advised by  May 1, 2017
Email materials to or send to:

Carbondale Clay Center
Residency Application
135 Main St.
Carbondale, CO 81623

Please send:

  • Application form including the outlined list of materials (click here to download)
  • $30 application fee (checks payable to the Carbondale Clay Center, or click our Buy Now button below to pay online)

Feel free to call or email with questions: 970-963-2529 or

Current Residents

Collette Spears

Collette Spears is a clay artist hailing from Indiana, recently graduated and out on her own with dreams of graduate school on the horizon. She specializes in coiled multi-walled vessels and precision carving.

For the month of July 2017, the Carbondale Clay Center proudly presents an exhibition of Collette's newest work, created during her residency. Join us for an artist reception on First Friday, July 7th from 6pm to 8pm.

Artist Statement: We craft our best face for the world as we meet challenges that pry us from our comfort zones and push us to grow. My work embodies the inherent self-destruction of perfectionism and the variations of human anxieties, which are constant forces in my work and personal life. I tend to work in extreme processes that push my patience, abilities, and boundaries. It is through these processes that I can better understand my own tendencies and desires and can attain a sense of fulfillment that always seems just out of reach.


Past Resident Artists

Nancy Barbour (2000-2001)

Frank Saliani (2000-2001) 

Albion Stafford (2000-2002) 

Steven Colby (2001-2003)

Julie Johnson (2002-2003) 

Richard Schwartz (2003-2004) 

Lauren Laughin (2003-2004) 

Lea Tyler (2004-2005)

Janice Jakielski (2004-2005)

Alix Knipe (2006-2007) 

Jessica Fitzgibbons (2006-2007)

Seul Ki Park (2006-2007)

Benjamin Stout (2006-2008) 

Allie Ogg (2007-2008) 

Paige Wright (2007-2008) 

Jesse Ring (2007-2008) 

Alex Watson (2008-2009) 

Mark Harro (2008-2010) 

Lauren Mabry (2009-2010) 

Elliot Marquet (2009-2011) 

Holly Curcio (2009-2011) 

Bayard Hollins (2010-2011) 

Kelly McKibben Harro (2010-2011) 

John Cohorst (2010-2012) 

Nathan Bray (2010-2012) 

Tyler McGinn (2011-2012)

CJ Jilek (2011-2012) 

Tony Wise (2011-2012) 

HP Bloomer (2011-2013) 

Brandon Whitacre (2012-2013) 

Kendra Sparks (2012-2014)

Staci DeBolt (2012-2014) 

Mike Stumbras (2013-2014) 

Matthew Eames (2013-2015) 

Molly Berger (2014-2015) 

Susie Pentelow (2014-2015) 

Elina Jurado (2014-2016) 

Liz Heller (2015-2016) 

Collette Spears (2015-2017)